Sometimes it's hard to keep a secret. It's been awfully hard to keep this one, but now we can announce it: Kate Davies is coming to the Yarn Tasting! Yes, that Kate Davies! She who designed o w l s, the cabled yoke jumper that engendered the Owl-Along: She's a textile historian who has written for Rowan, The Knitter, Twist Collective, Selvedge and on her own exemplary blog, Needled. She's written widely and with eminent good sense about knitting traditions in these islands, and the current issue of Rowan magazine features her rather marvellous article on the history and innovation of Shetland lace. She designs beautiful things - cleverly constructed, delightful to knit and a joy to wear: She's going to bring some of her samples to the Yarn Tasting, so we'll have a chance to croon over them and try them on. Some of her patterns will be on sale in paper form, and you can even get them autographed! We're more pleased than we can say to have such a distinguished visitor, and we hope that she'll have a terrific time in Dublin. The forecast for Autumn at This Is Knit continues fair. All images in this post are Â© Kate Davies and used with permission.